Breaking Down Nicki Minaj’s New Line For Kmart

Photo Credit: @NickiMinaj's Twitter.

Nicki wearing a cap she designed, NBD. Photo Credit: @NickiMinaj’s Twitter.

Via the wonderful world of Twitter, Nicki Minaj has been kind enough to snap a generous amount of preview shots of her upcoming line for Kmart. Let’s take a look:

Photo Credit: @NickiMinaj's Twitter.

Photo Credit: @NickiMinaj’s Twitter.

This couldn’t be more on trend — tight, leather bustiers paired with high-waisted skirts (leaving a nice, flattering gap of skin in between) is everywhere, and being able to cop the look for cheap is a beautiful thing.

Photo Credit: @NickiMinaj's Twitter.

Photo Credit: @NickiMinaj’s Twitter.

It’s hard to judge this look without the full shot, but I will be honest and say this: I don’t get chain prints. I have no comprehension of where they came from or why they’re so damn prevalent in the fashion scene — and they’re so unabashedly mediocre that I can’t even come up with a creative way to diss them — they just look like something grandmas/sofas would wear with pride. That being said, I would love that jacket in any other print and hope it comes in a wild leopard version.

Photo Credit: @NickiMinaj's Twitter.

Photo Credit: @NickiMinaj’s Twitter.

Nicki, this is your line. This is your moment. You’re not some unpaid Vogue intern trying to sneak a pic — you can take as much time as you want to get a clear view of your work. Now then: I feel about print leggings like I do about an archetypal Taylor Swift ex-boyfriend antagonist — as in, I want you so baaad, but honey, you’ll be the end of me! (case in point: I’ve coveted these ones from Black Milk for forever, but a.) my wallet would weep, oh, it would weep and b.) because I will never give up my weekly therapy cheeseburger, there is no way those will look nearly as good on me.) But for those willing to sport the look, these at leave solve point A.

Photo: @NickiMinaj's Twitter

Photo Credit: @NickiMinaj’s Twitter.

I will say, from slightly-bitter experience, that this color is a big deal right now (I wore a dress this color to my senior formal and so did half of the female population.) It looks good on every skin tone, and, like oxblood, it’s here to stay. And body-con dresses will never go out of style, ever. That is a fact of life. And if you’re going to get one, why not this one? It looks rather comfy and the sleeves will do wonders for your shoulders, and, oh, and Nicki designed it. Done.

Photo Credit: @NickiMinaj's Twitter.

Photo Credit: @NickiMinaj’s Twitter.

The chain print looks a little more passable in skater-dress-form. But I’m more partial to the other one, with a black patent leather belt and a dramatic lip color (I’d opt for a deep purple, even), it could look quite fine, indeed.

Photo Credit: @NickiMinaj's Twitter.

Photo Credit: @NickiMinaj’s Twitter.

High-waisted jeans are tricky, like, reaaally tricky. And the fact that these are making even a professional model look a tad disproportional is not a good sign. I blame the outer decorative seam — it draws unnecessary attention to the hips and thighs when the high waist itself is enough to help out a gal lacking in that area. The buttons are fun, though. A darker hue would be a vast improvement.

Photo Credit: @NickiMinaj's Twitter.

Photo Credit: @NickiMinaj’s Twitter.

A tastefully gold-accented LBD? Yes, please!

Photo Credit: @NickiMinaj's Twitter.

Photo Credit: @NickiMinaj’s Twitter.

I’ve been in love with white hooded garments ever since Kylie Minogue’s video for “Can’t Get You Outta My Head.”  I’m also glad to see the peacoat-as-a-winter-coat trend is dying down–they’re lovely for fall, but I would love to stop freezing in January.  Unlike a lot of ski jackets–which leave me looking like chewed-up marshmallow–this coat would actually flatter my lady body. And the exaggerated hood? Loving. It. I’m ready to be a snow queen.

 

Photo Credit: @NickiMinaj's Twitter.

Photo Credit: @NickiMinaj’s Twitter.

Same coat, in black, with one of the badge caps: Just like that, I’m ready for winter!

Also. I like the cap/jacket combo on the model who’s been trying to casually photobomb for the last two shots. It’s okay, girl. Photobomb away, you look good!

 

Photo Credit: @NickiMinaj's Twitter.

Photo Credit: @NickiMinaj’s Twitter.

When it comes to purses, Nicki seems to have taken a cue from Betsey Johnson, the queen of all things pink and perfect. And from the enormous popularity of neon bags last summer, there’s no reason why the trend won’t maintain its momentum this year.